By Jim Snyder - 03/22/10 12:47 PM EDT
Time’s Bryan Walsh has noticed the switching roles of government and industry in addressing an environmental challenge.
Traditionally, government had to overcome industry opposition to pass landmark bills like the Clean Water Act and the Endangered Species Act. Some companies of course are opposing efforts in Congress to cap carbon dioxide, but others are leading the development of clean energy technologies that could help solve the problem.
“Some of the smartest companies in the country are forging ahead on clean energy in the absence of legislation,” Walsh notes.